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Mindo Cloud Forest Private Day Tour

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From $118.00

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  • 7 to 8 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


After private pickup from your Quito hotel, head to the Cloud Forest in Mindo. Your private day tour stops at the best viewpoints and gives you plenty of time to take photos. Get the best views of the plants and wildlife on a 530-meter cable car ride through the Cloud Forest.  Let your private guide lead you to the best waterfalls in Ecuador, before returning you to your hotel.
  • Enjoy a private tour of natural wonders at your own pace
  • See endemic wildlife from a very close distance
  • Relax in private round trip transportation from Quito
  • Take a 530 meter long cable card ride through Mindo

What's Included

  • Private transportation
  • Certified English speaking guide
  • Mentioned itinerary and visits
  • Drinks
  • Meals
  • All Fees and Taxes

Departure & Return

Departure Point

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Departure Time

8:00 AM

Please Note

You will be picked up from your hotel or address, within Quito's district, at 8:00 a.m.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Our guides and drivers will follow vehicle cleaning and personal care protocols, with disinfectant products during the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mindo Cloud Forest Private Day Tour?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Mindo Cloud Forest Private Day Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Mindo Cloud Forest Private Day Tour?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mindo Cloud Forest Private Day Tour?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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36 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Seeing so many...
Lori_F, Aug 2022
Seeing so many hummingbirds close up, riding the cable car to explore the hiking through the rain forest, stopping at a local restaurant, seeing the trout farm.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Dear guests, Thank you very much for choosing us! Your Ecuadorian Friends,
A Great Day In Mindo!
Robin_K, Aug 2022
We took a day trip from Quito to Mindo and we had an amazing day. We went zipling, saw many beautiful birds. Our guide Luis was kind, fun and knowledgeable. We highly recommend this experience!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Dear guests, Thank you very much for choosing us! We are glad to know you liked your day in Mindo...! Kind regards, EBT,
A great tour and guide.
sandra_g, May 2022
Loved the hummingbird and the butterfly farms. Our guide, Paul, was the best. He was very professional, knowledgeable and accommodating.
Response from Host, May 2022
Dear guests, Thank you so much for taking a time to share with us your experience in Mindo Cloud Forest. We agree with you, Paúl is a nice tour guide...! Kind regards, Ecuador Best Tours,
Daniel was our guide and...
jillmjackson, May 2022
Daniel was our guide and was Great! Would recommend this tour.A nice getaway from the big city. Chocolate your was my favorite
Response from Host, May 2022
Dear guests, Thank you very much for your wonderful review! We love the Chocolate Tour as well! Kind regards, Ecuador Best Tours,
Great tour
Bryan_D, May 2022
Great tour! Cloud forest and hummingbird reserve were memorable. Terrific, knowledgeable guide! Highly recommend
Response from Host, May 2022
Dear guests, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! Ecuador Best Tours,
1 traveler found this review helpful
A Fun Day
Eric_S, May 2022
Mindo is a tourist destination close to Quito. Most of the visitors seem to be Ecuadorian. Our guide was extremely accommodating and allowed us to spend as little or as much time as we wanted at each stop. We tried to be quick as we wanted to allow time to see the chocolate factory. Our guide took us to the original Center of the World monument which is in a small square a few miles from the new one. The actual equator is a about 200 m away and has another marker. We then stopped at the hummingbird/tucan viewing area. There were many of both including one rare species of tucan. We then drove to the cable car and hiked to the closest waterfall. The hike is not long and the waterfall very nice. There is some elevation gain on the way back to the cablecar. Next stop was the butterfly sanctuary which was very well done and nice to see. Final stop was the Mindo Chocolate factory where we were given a tour and samples. We also had a late lunch in their restaurant. The traffic getting back to Quito was fairly heavy, so we returned to the hotel a bit later in the day then we expected.
Response from Host, May 2022
Dear guests, Thank you very much for your detailed review about your experience with us! We are glad to know you liked the flexibility on this tour... Have a safe journey in the rest of Ecuador! Kind regards, Ecuador Best Tours,
Viator “oversold “this tour and canceled.
Kandi_W, May 2022
Unfortunately, Viator canceled my trip before the scheduled date. They said they had “oversold“ this excursion and decided to cancel ours. They did offer to do the tour on a different day but that did not work with my schedule. Fortunately, I found another excellent tour company ( that was willing and able to provide a wonderful Mindo cloud forest experience. Our guide, Juan Carlos, and the driver, Luis, were excellent. I highly recommend and Juan Carlos for a wonderful Mindo cloud Forest experience.
Response from Host, May 2022
Appreciated Customer, We are sorry you have gone through an unfortunate situation with your tour booking. We are always happy to accommodate last-minute reservations, but yours came to be the last one we received the night before the tour. To avoid these situations, we strongly recommend our guests book their tours with anticipation. Nevertheless, we are happy you were able to travel to Mindo and enjoy our beautiful country.
Birds and chocolate
Brian_B, May 2022
Andres was great. He made the trip outstanding. Very knowledgeable and flexible to our interests. Thanks
Response from Host, May 2022
Dear guests, It was a pleasure.... Nice to know you enjoyed your excursion to Mindo Cloud Forest with us! Your Ecuadorian friends,
Excellent tour guide and driver. Have always had good luck with Viator sponsored tours
Norman_G, Apr 2022
Hummingbird sanctuary, chocolate factory tour and tasting. Also enjoyed the butterfly experience. Too cloudy for the cable car.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Dear guests, Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience at Mindo Cloud Forest! It is always very nice to know that all our guests enjoy this experience...! Kind regards, Your Ecuadorian friends,
Mindo Valley Tour
Michele_T, Mar 2022
Luis, our guide for exploring the Mindo Valley and its biodiversity was an excellent guide who was very knowledgeable and an excellent communicator. He adjusted activities to our abilities. In my opinion, Luis is an excellent ambassador for Ecuador and the Mindo Valley. I would request him again should we return to Ecuador.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! Kind regards,
A perfect day with Andres!
donnariley65, Jan 2022
We arrived in Quito downtown and had the next day to kill. We had already spent enough time in Quito so we looked on Viator for a trip some other travelers had recommended to us. This is like 7:00 in the evening before we were hoping to take the trip. We booked expecting nothing good to happen. On the contrary!! We got an immediate email confirmation. The next morning at 8:00 our wonderful guide Andes arrived and made a fantastic day for us. He even arranged the most perfect lunch for us and was gracious enough to join us. He called a friend and arranged to do some fun experiments on the equator on the way back. And that after hiking, waterfalls, butterflies, hummingbirds, and a fab lunch. Could not have been a better day!
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Dear friends, Thank you very much for letting us know you enjoyed your excursion to Mindo Cloud Forest! Happy New Year!
Our tour guide, Effy, was...
Janet_T, Dec 2021
Our tour guide, Effy, was fantastic! Spoke perfect English, extremely knowledgeable and a great sense of humor. It was a perfect day! Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Dear friends, Thank you very much for sharing your experience with future travelers going to the Mindo region! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Ecuador Best Tours,
Great experience
JensPeter_O, Dec 2021
A great trip. First we visit the hummingbirds (a private garden with lots of birds to watch). Drove to the cloud forrest and took the open cable car to the other side of the wally and walked down to the water fall and then up to the car park again. Amazing nature and at one point a tree had fallen down blocking the part but we got through it. Then lunch and a visit to a chocolate factory (they guide there was very funny). Drove back to Quinto. All in all it was a fun day and we got some great experiences and a very good talk with the guide about many other things related to Ecuador.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Dear friends, Thank you very much for using our services during your stay in Quito. It was really a pleasure being able to assist you and have fun together! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Your Ecuadorian friends, EBT,
Fun day in the beautiful Mindo area!
Steven_B, Dec 2021
A great day trip to the little town of Mindo, highlighted by visits to see hummingbirds, butterflies, and orchids, along with a scenic cable car ride and visit to a chocolate factory. Our guide, Effy, spoke perfect English and was a fountain of knowledge, along with being a wonderful companion for the day. You are able to decide your own itinerary for the day in Mindo, choosing from the many available options, and if Effy is your guide, you are in for a great day!
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Dear friends, Thank you very much for your feedback, about our Mindo Tour. We definitely agree with you about how important is having flexibility on this region, because of the many options you have to choose in between. We are glad to know you loved your time with our tour guide, and we wish you all the best in the future! Kind regards, Ecuador Best Tours,
Great guide
nolene_F, Oct 2021
I had a great trip to cloud forest and Mindo in large part due to my guide, Christian. Unfortunately I did not get to see many birds but the landscape was beautiful and Christian was knowledgeable and enjoyable. The hike was a bit challenging for me and then what was intended as a 1.5-2 hour hike turned into 3 1/2 hours as the cable car malfunctioned and we had to walk out. He was patient and helpful as I struggled to complete the hike. I am grateful for his kindness and positivity as it was a bit embarrassing as I have done much harder hikes just a few yrs before but clearly my fitness had deteriorated. I enjoyed my day w Christian and want to say anyone would be lucky to have him as your guide.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Dear friends, Thank you so much for your positive review about your experience with us at Mindo Cloud Forest! It was honor and pleasure having been with you two. Have a great live! Your friends, Ecuador Best Tours,
Amazing Tour
Jonathan_D, Nov 2019
Our tour guide was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. The route used was nothing short of incredible. This tour is truly something we will cherish forever.
Response from Host, Nov 2019
Dear Friend, Thank you very much for your lovely review about the experience we offer in Mindo Cloud Forest. We are happy to know you liked the service you received. Mindo is amazing! All the best for you, EBT,
Almost a perfect day
Jennifer_B, Oct 2018
Hugo was excellent! Very nice and knowledgeable. The restaurant he recommended was delicious. Overall a great day. I would’ve given it 5 stars but the ‘bird watching’ was a huge let down. We paid to see the hummingbird feeders hanging in someone’s backyard. Not at all the way it was presented.
Response from Host, Sep 2019
Dear guest, Thank you very much for your honest and helpful review. We agree with you, Hugo is fantastic, and normally all his recommendations are quite accurate according to our clients' expectations. About the hummingbirds: we always try to show you as much as we can, and the only way to show you different birds' species, sometimes is necessary to bring you to this special hummingbirds-farms, in order to let you make good pictures about the wildlife that live naturally in the forest; otherwise, in between the lush and green vegetation sometimes is very hard to spot the species we are looking for. During a day trip we always try to optimize your time, and increase the experiences. Thank you very much for your wonderful review about our Mindo Cloud Forest Day Trip!! Kind regards, EBT,


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